Saturday, August 27, 2011

38 Weeks....Still waiting....

Today I am 38 weeks pregnant, and only 2 weeks away from my official due date - September 10th. So it's pretty much just a waiting game, knowing that she really could come at anytime. I had my checkup yesterday and so far there are no big signs that Eva is ready to come, but based on what I described my doctor is pretty sure that I am having random contractions and getting ready for the big day. When I have long days or uncomfortable nights I think that I am ready to get her here as soon as possible. But then I think about really being a mama and all the changes that will happen, and I decide that maybe she could wait another 2 weeks. In the end, I know that she will come when she's ready, and I'm hoping that at that point I will be ready too.

At 38 weeks, I am definitely uncomfortable and having a hard time doing too much. Whenever people ask, "How are you doing?" I am torn between smiling and saying "Great!!!" and looking at them with a bewildered stare that politely suggests, " How do I LOOK like I am doing?" I have decided that when people who have never had a baby look at you and smile they are admiring your glowing pregnant body and dreaming of what it will be like when they are pregnant one day. (I know this is true, because this is how I have always looked at pregnant bellies). When someone with children looks at you and smiles, they are probably secretly laughing at you in their head, knowing all that you are endearing, but hopefully also knowing that it will all be worth it.

Thankfully, over the past week I have actually found a bedtime routine that allows me to sleep at night. This is so awesome because for about a month before I hadn't been sleeping and I know that this is my last chance to rest up before life with a newborn. I've also had more swelling in my feet and hands this past week or so. It is strange how much swelling can hurt - not to mention the vanity side of it. I used to workout in the mornings, but now it hurts too much to stand that long, so I do most of the same exercises in the pool and that helps some. I also take my huge spaghetti pot and fill it with cool water to soak my feet in in the evening. Don't worry, I will wash it out really well before I make spaghetti in it for you!

I also keep thinking about Mary making the trip to Bethlehem right before she had Jesus. Oh. My. Goodness. Ride a donkey? At this point? You would have to drag me there all the way. And at the end of it all to give birth in an old barn on hay with animals. No ice chips. No epidural. Not even a camera to take a sweet picture with your new little baby. The Christmas story is beautiful and miraculous, but I'm thankful that it wasn't me. I will hope that God will use me for His glory in other ways :)

And so today we will continue the waiting coming soon!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Going Steady

"Going steady" is one of the great romantic enjoyments of young love. Dating when you're married is even sweeter. With out busy schedule and limited finances, we don't get to go out on many big dates, so I always appreciate the times we do get to go out. Sunday night we decided that we'd have a date night and go to dinner and a movie. The timeless classic.

Trying to make the most out of our big date, I even managed to dig through the closet and create an outfit that Ryan hadn't seen me wear 10 times in the past month. I even accessorized! I wanted to wear cute zebra print heals, but my little pregnant feet decided that flip flops were just as romantic.

I had just finished getting ready when my cell phone rang. It was Ryan, saying that he was calling from the guest bathroom and that someone was knocking at the door. Marital romance sure is hot! I went to open it, and guess who it was???? It was RYAN, at the door, ready to "pick me up for our date." What a sneaky, wonderful husband! He had even turned the bathroom on in the guest bath and closed the door so I'd really believe he was in there. I wish I'd taken a picture of how sweet he looked waiting for me at the door.
We started our night at Pei Wei. I've been loving rice - all kinds of rice - lately. And the best part of a Chinese meal is opening fortune cookies!!!!

Ryan's Fortune: Happier days are definitely ahead for you. (Awesome!)
My Fortune: Face any problem with dignity. (In light of my upcoming labor process I was less than excited to open that cookie.)

Oh well, a cookie is just a cookie. We did have a nice time eating out. I got crab wantons and fried rice. Ryan got chicken fried rice. We're so crazy.
36 weeks pregnant...or maybe way too many crab wantons. I'll let you decided :) Thanks to Eva for letting Mama borrow one of her cute flower bows (since she wasn't going to be wearing it that night).
0 weeks pregnant and only 1 crab wanton. Look at that studly physique. What a handsome man!
And the movie for the night was The Help. I'd been looking forward to seeing this. Since we no longer get a student discount at the movies, we have to really, really want to see a movie to go the the movie theater. Plus there are so many dumb movies out there that I don't care about at all. Thankfully, The Help did not disappoint. I love movies about the south and I loved the time period it was set in. Plus, the story line was so interesting and the movie was very well done. I guess you'd call it cinematography, but I really loved how the movie was shot- the colors, the camera angles, the costumes. I highly recommend this movie!

Our date night was extra special to me since I'm not sure how many more we'll get to go on before the baby arrives. At this point I just want to take advantage of our time together. I love you, Ryan!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Proud Moments

This Sunday morning I woke up early, got ready for church and headed to.... Hawaiian Falls? I know what you are thinking. Kate. It's Sunday morning. Go to church! You blogged about the wonders of Hawaiian Falls last week. All of this is true, but the awesome thing is that this morning we had church at Hawaiian Falls! Not just a fun splash day, but a very special morning of baptisms.

Redeemer Church was blessed to get to go to the park before it opened for a time of worship, testimonies, and baptisms. We had 9 people from our church make the decision to get baptized, including 4 of our youth. I was so proud of them and their choice to publicly declare their faith. Baptism isn't what "makes them a Christian," but rather an act that allows them to proclaim their faith in Jesus Christ. They each stood up and shared why they decided to get baptized and hearing their sweet testimonies truly brought tears to my eyes. I appreciate that we live in a country where we can do public baptisms at a local water park without fear, knowing that many around the world do not have this blessing. I look forward to seeing this special group of students grow up and grow in their faith.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Fun in the Sun

Woo-hoo! We just got home a little bit ago from a wonderful day of playing at Hawaiian Falls! Ryan and I got to go with some friends and had an awesome time! I think Ryan had way more fun riding all of the cool slides with our friends than he normally does with just me on the little slides or in the wave pool. And I had fun just because 2 of my best friends were there! Unlike the majority of college girls in America, I prefer not to take pictures in my bathing suit, especially in my current stage of pregnancy, so instead I found this actual picture of the Hawaiian Falls Roanoke on the world wide web. If you look at the top right of the picture you can see the giant pineapple bucket that dumps out about 1000 gallons of water every few minutes. I love watching it pour. I do not want to be underneath it when the water falls. A nice side splash is much less overwhelming.

Thanks to Marianne, Regan, Erica, and Brian for making the trip out here and spending the day in the sun with us! I hope you had as much fun as we did!!!!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Breakfast with the Bradleys

Oh the irony of me actually blogging about "Breakfast with the Bradleys." When I came up with the title for this post I giggled and thought to myself, "Kate, you are so punny." I love a good word play.

This morning it was decided that I should post about a favorite tradition in the Bradley apartment. Ryan and I LOVE to have a special Saturday morning breakfast together. This weekly tradition started many years ago, and continues to be a special blessing. During the work week I've always been in a rush to get out the door. I eat a boring breakfast that includes things like cereal, oatmeal, and yogurt. On Sunday mornings it is Ryan who is up and out the door super early to get things loaded and set up for church. But on Saturday, we sleep in a little and enjoy a nice leisurely breakfast.

Saturday is also the perfect morning for those less than healthy beloved breakfast foods that you shouldn't over indulge in during the week. Pancakes. Waffles. Cinnamon Rolls. Orange Danish Rolls. Hash Browns. Sausage. Bacon. I truly enjoy breakfast foods. We wake up on Saturdays, stumble around in our PJs, and cook together in the kitchen. Even if it's just popping some orange danish rolls in the over it's still fun to celebrate Saturday. Thankfully, our apartment complex recognizes the value of this tradition and once a month has free Chickfila breakfast that we can walk over and pick up.

Today's menu was eggs (cooked 2 ways - scrambled for me and fried for Ryan), hash browns, and sausage. It was one of those mornings when I was thankful that my wedding set Martha Stewart pans came in a large set. Using multiple pans helps everything to come out hot and ready at the same time. Ryan and I ate our meal, talked and enjoyed some fun Saturday morning music - shout out to my bff Ashley Gatta for providing the breakfast tunes! After we ate we cleaned up, danced around a bit, and then prepared for the rest of our busy weekend.

I hope that even when we have Eva and the term "sleep in" is redefined that we can continue to have fun on Saturday mornings. And now, after googleling and searching through many pictures of breakfast foods, I believe that I am ready for some homemade waffles topped with fresh strawberries. Who says you can only eat breakfast once a day?

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Wow. You are 8 months pregnant in August? You must be HOT.

Today I had ice cream with a friend in Denton. It was very hot, even inside the ice cream shop. It got me thinking that I probably have people comment to me about pregnant,hot and uncomfortable about 10 times a day. And with 114 degree temperatures, it's true. I am hot and uncomfortable. But there are also many hidden blessings in being pregnant over the summer. Here are a few of the benefits I've discovered:
1. I can wear less clothes. If I had to wear pants and shirts, and dare I say a sweater, every day I would be annoyed not only with having to wear so much clothing that grows increasing tighter, but also with having to pick out more clothing to put on. Wearing a dress is so much easier.
2. I have saved money on clothes. Thankfully, I have only had to buy 6 maternity shirts and 3 pairs of maternity pants. Shopping is fun, but when you consider how briefly you wear maternity clothes, I didn't want to buy a whole new wardrobe. My normal summer clothes are naturally more flowing and have given me more options with a growing bump. If I was pregnant in the fall or winter. I would probably have to buy more pants and even a coat.
3. Nobody judges me for eating ice cream every day. Everybody else is enjoying this sweet treat too, so I don't feel as guilty. 2 scoops? Don't mind if I do.
4. I can go swimming all the time. Swimming not only makes me feel cooler, but takes away some of the strain of the baby weight on my body. If I was pregnant in the winter, I'm pretty sure I'd still feel hot and my back would still hurt, but I couldn't get in the water.
5. I don't have to worry about having a perfect bikini body. I'm actually just guessing on this one. I have this hope that when people see me at the pool in my bathing suit they think, "Oh, that lady is about to have a baby," and show a little grace on the physical appearance of me in my bathing suit. Plus after I have her in September I will have almost a whole year to get back in rockin' shape for next summer!
6. By next summer Eva will be big enough to splash around in the pool with me! Who doesn't want a cute pool buddy? If I had her in June, I'd probably have to wait out most of the summer before we could safely hit the pool.
7. Summer has been a fun time for baby showers. We've had ice cream, pie, and lemonade - perfect summer treats! Plus my wedding showers were in the summer 3 years earlier, so it brings back fun memories.
8. Since Eva's birthday will be in September, she will likely always be one of the oldest in her class. I like to think this will give her an edge ahead :) Plus I'll get one more year of being at home with her before she starts Kindergarten and one more year before she goes away to college. Yes, both of those events are WAY far away now, but they'll happen one day.
9. It's always a good conversation starter. Minus a few awkward comments, I usually enjoy talking to strangers when I'm out and about. So even if the conversation starts off talking about being hot I enjoy getting to talk to people.
10. I love summer. And I love being pregnant. Putting 2 amazing things together always makes them even better!